Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice

    Description

    Normandy Assault Ship - USS LST-306 (USS Bernalillo County). USS LST-306 (USS Bernalillo County), commissioned in December 1942, was an LST-1-class tank landing ship built for the United States Navy during WW II. She had a flat keel and protected maneuvering and steering gear that allowed her to remain upright when beached. She would be eventually named for Bernalillo County, New Mexico. She was the only U.S. Naval vessel to bear the name. LSTs were originally all identified by their hull numbers, but when they were christened, they were named in honor of US counties.

    The LST-306 ensign is cotton, 42" X 69", 48-star, dye printed starfield with sewn stripe flag finished with a header and two war-time white metal grommets. The ensign is marked on the upper obverse hoist, "USS BERNALLIO CO. LST-306," and on the lower, "4X6 STYLE 1."

    The LST-306 began her service training for amphibious landings before convoying to Europe to support Allied efforts in North Africa. Preparing for Operation Husky, the liberation of Sickly, she was assigned reserve transport duty tasked with relieving the congestion at Gela. After Sicily, she landed British troops for Operation Avalanche, the invasion of Italy at Salerno. She came under aerial attack but was undamaged and, in the morning, evacuated British wounded to England.

    While in England, she underwent extensive training in "Rhino ferry" pontoon barge deployment and operations. On D-Day, even though she collided with a buoy enroute to France and threw a blade on one of her propellers, she continued on. Tasked with delivering medical supplies as well as mine clearing equipment and the accompanying engineers and their vehicles to Utah Beach the LST remained at Normandy until June 9th.

    After repairs and a new propeller, the LST-306 would spend the next ten months ferrying troops, ammunition, and supplies from England to France and returning with Allied wounded and German POWs.

    This is an opportunity for an LST, D-Day, WWII, or war in Europe collector.

    For her WWII service the LST-306 was awarded: American Campaign Medal, Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal with three campaign stars, and the World War II Victory Medal.

    Condition: The ensign of the LST-306 is in good condition. It is used, worn, and soiled, but otherwise complete.

    This flag was formerly in the collection of Dr. Clarence Rungee, and is accompanied by his original museum inventory sheet with identifying information.


    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    June, 2020
    6th Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 3
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 371

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    25% on the first $300,000 (minimum $49), plus 20% of any amount between $300,000 and $3,000,000, plus 12.5% of any amount over $3,000,000 per lot.

    Sold on Jun 6, 2020 for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)
    Track Item
    Coming soon:

    Luxury Real Estate
    Opens about 07/23/2021

    Comics & Comic Art
    Opens about 09/27/2021

    Luxury Real Estate
    Opens about 08/06/2021

    Jewelry & Timepieces
    Opens about 09/24/2021

    Photography
    Opens about 09/22/2021

    Decorative Art
    Opens about 09/23/2021

    Fine Art
    Opens about 09/28/2021

    Fine Art
    Opens about 09/28/2021

    Fine Art
    Opens about 09/29/2021

    US Coins
    Opens about 09/20/2021

    Currency
    Opens about 10/04/2021

    Western & Texas Art
    Opens about 10/01/2021

    Sports Collectibles
    Opens about 10/01/2021

    US Coins
    Opens about 09/24/2021

    Fine Art
    Opens about 10/05/2021

    Decorative Art
    Opens about 10/07/2021

    World & Ancient Coins
    Opens about 10/04/2021

    Comics & Comic Art
    Opens about 09/30/2021

    Comics & Comic Art
    Opens about 10/11/2021

    Decorative Art
    Opens about 10/08/2021

    US Coins
    Opens about 10/01/2021

    Fine Art
    Opens about 10/13/2021

    Comics & Comic Art
    Opens about 10/07/2021

    US Coins
    Opens about 10/04/2021

    Fine Art
    Opens about 10/15/2021

    Entertainment
    Opens about 10/18/2021

    Jewelry & Timepieces
    Opens about 10/22/2021

    Manuscripts
    Opens about 10/18/2021

    Comics & Comic Art
    Opens about 10/18/2021

    Entertainment
    Opens about 10/18/2021

    Musical Instruments
    Opens about 10/12/2021

    Fine Art
    Opens about 10/19/2021

    Photography
    Opens about 10/20/2021

    US Coins
    Opens about 10/22/2021

    Decorative Art
    Opens about 10/21/2021

    Comics & Comic Art
    Opens about 10/14/2021

    US Coins
    Opens about 10/11/2021

    Space
    Opens about 10/25/2021

    World & Ancient Coins
    Opens about 10/17/2021

    Currency
    Opens about 10/18/2021

    Silver
    Opens about 10/26/2021

    Fine Art
    Opens about 10/26/2021

    Jewelry & Timepieces
    Opens about 10/18/2021

    Fine Art
    Opens about 10/27/2021

    Fine Art
    Opens about 10/27/2021

    US Coins
    Opens about 10/18/2021

    US Coins
    Opens about 10/18/2021

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    VIEW BENEFITS
    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
      winnings 
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Only 24 days left to consign to the 2021 December 12 Arms & Armor, Civil War & Militaria Signature® Auction !

    Learn about consigning with us

    We had a wonderful time in New York during the October 2013 Historical Manuscripts auction that featured my mother’s papers collected during her tenure as Martin Luther King, Jr.’s secretary. In fact, the entire experience from beginning to end has been a pleasure.
    Howard Ballou,
    Brandon, MS
    View More Testimonials

    HA.com receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source: Similarweb.com)

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search